Hi to all you wonderful, underpaid and underappreciated nurses. I hope you realize that MOST patients DO appreciate everything you do, even if they're in too much pain to express it. I am not a nurse, but am planning to begin an ADN program in either the Fall of 2000 or the Spring of 2001. You may call me crazy, but I am very disillusioned with my career of the past 14 years--Computer Graphics. I have a BA degree in Fine Art, but as I earned it in 1984, I'll have to take all the basic courses all over again (English, Science, Math, Chemistry, etc...). I am 37, and have two girls--one is 3.5, one is 7 months old. I fully intended to try natural childbirth with BOTH, but experienced such EXCRUCIATING back labor with both that I had to ask for the epidural. I hope to have at least one more baby, and will try to go natural again, but we'll see if my body cooperates... I just want to say that at the hospital where I gave birth--Anne Arundel Medical Center, in Annapolis, MD--my OB/GYNs NEVER pushed me to get the epidurals. I suffered through the pain as long as I could stand it (27.5 hours with the first, about 18 hours with the second), but had to accept my body was not going to give me "normal" contractions (in the front)...and back labor, as any of you who have experienced it well know, is HORRENDOUS! However, the nurses and doctors were always wonderful, and left it up to me to decide what I needed. They never pushed anything on me or suggested rushing me into the operating room for a C-Sect. I had my first by C-Section because she was facing my hip and wouldn't turn her head to come through my pelvic opening. She was 7.5 pounds. My second was born vaginally, at 5 lbs 11 ozs (I was very stressed the 2nd pregnancy), but needed suction to get her out. She was also under distress and needed to be revived, as the umbilical cord had been wrapped around her neck twice. My OB with her told me that my pelvic opening was very narrow, so had she been much larger, I would have likely needed another C-Section. Anyway, they were both unforgettable but wonderful experiences, each for their own unique incidents, but also just because they were MY babies being born. I just want to say that I hope to specialize in Maternal/Baby care, as I'd love to help new moms during their recuperation and as they get to know their new babies, and I love babies...PERIOD! If you experienced nurses have a suggestion for a better specialty, please don't hesitate to email me. I'd love suggestions and feedback!